Google has failed me on how this was fixed on. I want to keep the tiles for sentimental reasons and replace the top with Tas Oak to match how the furniture will be. I could take off the quarter round to see if there is a clue to how it is fixed on.
Hi @Brad I’m taking a guess here based on a couple of fireplaces that I’ve had. It’s either an old fireplace, and someone has tiled the timber surround (looks like the insert is no longer present). However, judging by the glimpse of skirting board, this is not an old house (say 1900 - 1930)? So, the other alternative is that it might be an old gas heater (1970’s - and I have one), that someone has removed the heater from, added the tiles to the surround and bought an old mantle piece for it. The actual mantle piece look like an old one you’d pick up at the salvage yard, and is possibly upside down 😂
If it was genuine (that is “old”), it would probably have nails - a pair at either end fixing into the most solid part of the structure (timber) underneath - the underneath would be secured into the wall (??masonry/limestone) by nails into wooden wedges.
If it’s a 1970s style place, built of double brick, then it’s possibly a brick surround for a gas heater underneath those tiles. The size of the tiles and the width of the grouting, plus the skirtingboard kind of screams 1970 to me - I’m looking at something similar, in it’s original form, right now
Think you’re correct, remove the quarter round and have a gentle pry with screwdriver and see if it lifts - it’s possible that it’s not well installed at all, and will easily come away, hope this offers some clues, cheers Deb
I just wanted to say your knowledge base absolutely blows me away. I always love being involved in your discussions.
I have alot of respect for you abilities and skill set.
Kind regards Rob 👍
@Brad as a tiler Brad I know alot of the original tiling back then was all handfixed not done with a notch trowel.
I'm wondering if the actual mantle has a middle wooden T section that is cement in as the bricks and then the tiling was then later done.
I've only pulled down a handful of old chimney heater mantels like that.
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Hey @Brad - could you explain the 4 bolts into concrete a bit better? They’re holding on the top row of tiles? Are sure the “concrete” isn’t grey, cement based tile adhesive? And what sort of bolts? Are they Dynabolts, or some sort of bolt headed thing that’s been sunk into a wall plug?
Don’t go Kirsten Ramsay just yet. If it’s a old cement based tile adhesive, those tiles might come off quite easily, I’ve just removed 7sqm of 1” mosaics from that sort of stuff. I’m just trying to figure out what the bolts are actually doing. Cheers Deb
Looks like the tiles were fixed to brick and were used as formwork to pour concrete which then had the top placed with the bolt heads down locking it in when it set.